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Want to be a Lawyer?
Tuesday, July 24, 2012

First off…

First off, know this, a law degree is no picnic, it is hard work. You will be expected to do a lot of work outside lectures and tutorials, and you have to be very highly motivated. Law also tends to command slightly higher than usual grades from most universities, so a really strong showing at A Level is vital. Some universities require you to take the LNAT as well to be even considered. We'll talk more about that later. And you must write a really good personal statement to stand out from the crowd.

Still here?! Good. Don't let all that put you off. A law degree is an incredibly well respected qualification, and even if you don't go and practise law as a solicitor or a barrister, careers in anything from banking and finance to local government or the civil service await you.

But you need to get there first. Law is a subject that requires quite a bit of forward planning. So here's what you'll probably need.

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GCSEs

Opinion is divided on how much emphasis is placed on GCSEs. Some universities place little of no value on them, and prefer to concentrate mainly on you're A Level results and your performance on the LNAT, while others view GCSEs as a good secondary predictor of your potential performance at degree level. The safest bet is to do as well as you possibly can, then you have all bases covered.

A Level subjects and A Level grades

While we touched on the fact that Law requires you to get better than average A Levels, the choice of subject is much broader than other course like Medicine. While many Universities like their students to have a combination or two or more A Grades in more "traditional" subjects like English, Geography or History - good, old-fashioned, analytical subjects - and one or two "newer" subjects like Polictics or Business Studies, and even sciences like Psychology or Sociology, show you off as having more versatility.  You might be asked for higher grades though, it is all dependent on the university in question, and what they offer you.

Law A Level...yes of no?

Very much a "Marmite" subject, most people who teach ungraduate Law hate A Level Law. While it gives the student a very superficial understanding of law, it creates fundamnetal misunderstandings about the law itself. General consensus seems to advise not taking it.

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So what's this LNAT all about then?

The LNAT is essentially an aptitude test. As there are no subject requirements, a large number of Universities use it to work out how suited you are to study Law. Designed to test aptitude rather than education, the LNAT measures the six core verbal reasoning skills of legal education:  Comprehension, Interpretation, Analysis, Synthesis, Induction, Deduction. You can't revise for it, and the test itself is split into two halves: twelve extracts of argumentative texts, and 42 multiple choice questions.

To find out more about the LNAT and have a look at their website. You'll find out all you need to know.

You mentioned a personal statement?

Yes we did. Like all subjects, there are more applicants than there are spaces. But Law is even more competitive, and this places even greater importance on using your personal statement to stand out from the crowd. Some vital things to mention:

  • Where your interest in law comes from
  • How you have followed up this interest and any parts of this experience that has inspired you
  • Any work experience (and you really should try and get some work experience)
  • Your personal attributes and skills, and why the university should offer you a place.
  • Your interests outside of law. Law schools like you to be well rounded.
  • And you should always finish up with a closing statement saying why you want to go to that particular university and what you plan to do once you've got your law degree.

 

Right. Where should I study?

While there are no solid rules about what A Levels you need and what grades you need to get, here is a list of standard university offers from five of the top Law departments in the country:

University of Cambridge - You'll need one A* and two other As at A level at least. You don't need to do the LNAT, but Cambridge have their own law test.

University of Oxford - Expect to be offered 3 As at A Level and you will need to do the LNAT.

London School of Economics - LSE are really quite tricky. Extremely competitive, in 2010 more than 2,500 students applied for only 150 places. They usually ask for one A* and two As at A Level, and they like you have a good variety of high grade GCSEs. On the plus side, they don't tend to ask for the LNAT.

University College London - As of last year, UCL has begun asking for one A* and two As at A Level and score of above 14 on the LNAT.

Durham University - Over the last couple of years Durham has upped its entry requirements to one A* and two As at A level, and rumours abound that they only consider candidates who score 20 or more on the LNAT.

Once I'm there, what can I expect?

In short, a challenge. A standard law degree will take you a minimum of three years, but some can go to four with options to either study abroad or do an internship.

Most law courses focus on the core principals in the first and second years. Teaching is centered around developing the core skills that lawyers need; research, forming an argument, interviewing clients. You will do modules in criminal law, corporate law, contract law, property law and European Law to name but a few. Options in the third year include labour law, child law, hlegal philosophy and human rights law.

Expect to work very hard. Law is an incredibly stimulating, intellectually challenging course, that will prepare you for a career as a barrister or a solicitor.

What will my career prospects look like?

Amazing. One you've finished your degree, you will be in a great position to get yourself a job at a City Law firm as a barrister or a solicitor. And both pay exceptionally well.

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Comments
  1. hi, i would like to be a barrister and would appreciate your opinion on GCSE subject choices that would facilitate an entry to university.

    -many thanks Lucie

    Posted by Lucie Noble
    Friday, February 22, 2013 at 5:53:22 PM
  2. what GCSE S do you need to be a crown court lawyer!

    Posted by ibrahim gorur
    Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 3:22:18 PM
  3. Hi Guys,
    Thanks for you questions. The simple answer is, that there is no simple answer! Some universities really look at what you did at GCSE, some don't. Some have a strict criteria which you will need to follow, and some won't. Most of the emphasis is given over to how well you perform at A Level and in the LNAT. One thing is for sure though, whatever subjects you do sit, you will need to get good grades in them. A*s and As to study Law. It is a highly competitive university degree, and a highly competitive career, so universities and legal firms will want the best candidates.
    As a general rule though, I would try and chose the most academic subjects you can. English Language, English Literature, History and Politics are good places to start.
    The best thing you can do is research on line the universities you are thinking about going to, and see if they specify any particular subjects you should be doing at GCSE.

    Posted by Stuart
    Friday, March 08, 2013 at 2:54:36 PM
  4. at the moment i'm choosing my GCSE's what would be the best to help me? I was considering:
    History
    French
    Business and Enterprise (BTEC)
    Media and ICT

    Posted by regan
    Monday, March 11, 2013 at 7:57:20 PM
  5. Hi, I'm doing my GCSE's at the moment and that is not what I'm concerned about right now as I'm choosing my college courses and I'm extremely confused about what I should choose. I want to be a corporate lawyer and I do not know what A level courses are exactly suitable for this career. I do not mind about whether I will enjoy the courses or not as I usually tend to do well even in the subjects I don't enjoy. Please make some suggestions of a few strong courses that univerisities would like? Thank you in advance.

    Posted by Farjana
    Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 11:35:45 PM
  6. HI ,
    I'm choosing my college courses and I'm extremely confused about what I should choose. I want to be a real property solicitors or lawyer and I do not know what A level courses are exactly suitable for this career. Please make some suggestions of a few strong courses that univerisities would like? Thank you

    Posted by jojo
    Wednesday, April 03, 2013 at 7:13:07 PM
  7. Hi Guys,
    Sorry to get back to you so late. The simple answer is to ask your teachers at school and do some research on the web. If you want to study Law, whatever subjects you take you will need to do very well in. traditional academic subjects like History, English Language and LIterature, and Policitcs are good places to start. You will be doing a lot of essays at University, so it's good to get the practise in. Regan, those are good A Levels to start with. farjana and Jojo, with regards to chosing A Levels to suit your Law Specialty - like property Law - there is no answer to that. You will specialise at University. If you want to be a Property Lawyer, you will still have to go to Law School and study other aspects of law before you specialise. So you will still have to study the same kinds of subjects.
    if you need help and guidance about chosing the right course, feel free to contact the universities in question. They are all nice and friendly people there, and their job is to help you. They will give you really good advice.

    Posted by Stuart
    Friday, April 05, 2013 at 5:28:00 PM
  8. hi accept me in pls i have passes in all my subjects i have 10-12 sports that i did and i have alot more if ur interested in me please inbox me thanks :)

    Posted by Oasis
    Sunday, May 05, 2013 at 11:03:12 PM
  9. i would like to become a lawyer, for my GCSEs i chose all thw wrong subjects, textiles, media and drama but reading through i have found out that they do not really matter. With an A in law at college would it be easy to get into a good university? im not very good at talking about myself you see.

    Posted by megan adams
    Tuesday, June 04, 2013 at 12:18:26 PM
  10. Hi Megan,
    As you will have read in the article there, A Level Law is not a requirement for most universities, and you will actually go on to to study most of what is covered in A Level Law in greater depth during your degree.
    It is often better to have A Levels in traditional essay based subjects like History and English Literature, and then combine them with subjects like Politics, Psychology or Sociolgy.
    it is, unfortunately, never easy to get onto a Law course. law firms are only interested in hiring the best solicitors, as it is a VERY responsible job, so it is vital that you do as well as you can in your A Levels. Most good universities ask for the top grades.
    Also, if you want to be a lawyer, you will have to learn to be good at talking about yourself. You will need to interview for a place at a law school, and after your degree, you will have to interview at a Legal Firm and then when you become a Lawyer, you will have to speak out loud in front of a lot of strangers on a daily basis. Practise this. It will only make you better.

    Posted by DLD College London
    Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 3:35:00 PM
  11. hi , I want to become a barrister, if I take religious studies for A levels, would it effect my future career ?

    Posted by sal
    Sunday, July 07, 2013 at 8:42:15 PM
  12. Hi Sal,
    That depends on which university you want to go to. Some universities give it more weight than others and there have certainly been Law Students who have studied RS at A Level. Research the universities you want to go to, and see if they regard RS as an important enough subject.
    Good luck!

    Posted by DLD College London
    Monday, July 29, 2013 at 10:00:32 AM
  13. Hi, I am really determined to study law when I have reached University. I will be entering Year 9 soon and half way through the year I will have to choose my options. Reading through your website I have decided to pick: Triple Science, History, Business Studies, Art and Critical Thinking or AS Maths. I also have a few queries, I want to study criminal law but I heard it is a dangerous job. When you study law at university do you only study one type of law i.e. criminal law, or is there a variety? Thank you for this website, it has been a great help on my understanding of law.

    Posted by Muna
    Thursday, August 08, 2013 at 6:06:51 PM
  14. Hi, I'm in a bit of a dilemma. It's concerning what subjects to offer at a level. I want to become a lawyer and I've made up my mind to offer only 3 sujects at a level. I've decided on Eng.Lit and Politics but the third I'm not yet sure of. I don't know if I should take Psychology or French. My interest in Psychology stems from the fact that it has always seemed like an interesting subject to me, to be able to learn how the human mind works and all that. As for french, I just really love the language, plus I got an A in it at gcse and I don't want to just let it go. I've been told that my knowing a second language will give me an edge over those who don't and in the event that I have french clients, I won't need an interpreter. Which should I offer?

    Posted by Victoria
    Saturday, August 10, 2013 at 9:28:29 AM
  15. Hi Muna,

    Thanks for the compliments that's very kind of you.

    In answer to some of your questions:

    1) Critical Thinking is, like General Studes, not often considered by most UK universities when making you offers at A-Level. Here is what Cambridge have to say about it "Please note that A Level Critical Thinking isn't considered an acceptable third A Level subject for any course at Cambridge. While it is regarded as a worthwhile addition to your portfolio of qualifications as a fourth AS or A Level subject, it's unlikely to be part of a conditional offer. Similarly Key Skills and General Studies are not required or included in academic assessment."

    2) You will study modules in many different types of Law - Corporate Law, Contract Law, Property Law for example - at the start of your law Degree. Then as you progress you will specialise in one part of Law, like Criminal Law.

    3) If you specialise in Criminal Law and you go on to work as a Criminal Lawyer once you graduate, you will come, naturally, into contact with crime and criminals. But it is not an especially dangerous job.

    Posted by DLD College London
    Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 6:25:03 PM
  16. Hi Victoria,

    In answer to your question: either of those two A-Level choices - French or Psychology - would be fine if you want to go and study Law. I really cannot advise you to chose one over the other. Both are very worthwhile and sought after subjects by Universities offering Law Degrees. If you cannot chose between the two, have you considered studying four A-Levels? That really would set you apart from the crowd.

    Posted by DLD College London
    Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 6:29:36 PM
  17. Hello I am really considering a law degree but so far I do not know if my A level options are ideal and was thinking how I could improve them.
    I'm taking:
    English lit
    Psychology
    Drama
    Law
    Business Studies

    Which ones do you think are the least useful? Which ones will be more beneficial?
    Thank you

    Posted by Amy
    Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 12:58:56 PM
  18. Hi Amy,

    A Levels in English literature, Psychology and Business Studies would stand you in great stead to go on and study Law. To go to one of the best law schools in the country, you will of course need excellent A Level grades - think 3 As. if you wanted to , you could study four A Levels.

    You might like to think about History or Politics as well. Traditional, analytical subjects are looked upon very favourably by the best universities in the country.

    With regard to Law A Level, as I mentioned in the article, it's a strange subject. Most of what you learn at A Level, you learn again during your first year at university, so it won't really give you an advantage. And many institutions in fact prefer that you don't study Law at A Level, so that you are on the same level as everyone else when you start your degree.

    The best thing for you to do, is to speak to the universities you think you might want to apply to. And speak to your teachers. Ask them honestly "What about Law A Level?" and listen to their advice.

    Good luck.

    Posted by DLD College London
    Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 2:54:13 PM
  19. Hello, I'm going into year 10 right now and have just finished picking my options which were: Business Studies, Spanish, Additional Science which concludes of chemistry, physics and biology, History, Religious Studies, Geography and the ones we need to take ie Maths and English. My school advised us to take a variety of options and I don't feel that what I have taken is so much of a variety but that seems to be all that I am interested in. The thing is I enjoy English very well and am hoping to do my A level in English lit but I am not a great fan of maths neither am I very good at it which is why I was curious on whether or not that would effect my chances of studying to become a lawyer? Thank you very much for your help!

    Posted by Paige
    Sunday, August 25, 2013 at 5:17:17 PM
  20. Hi Paige,
    After reading your comment i'm just curios - you are picking exactly the same options I want to pick, in Year 9. Would you say Spanish is a hard option to pick, now reading your comment, I know what I want to pick. If you don't mind me saying your options are great! If you were to get A's in them I'm sure university's would definitely approve (eventhough I'm only 13, I have my reasons). I have decided to pick: Triple science, Art, Business, history and Spanish (which I'm having doubts on) please help me decide if Spanish is a good option. Since you are very close to your GCSE's. Sorry if I sound like a know-it-all I'm just trying to get ready for whats ahead of me.
    Thanks.

    Posted by Muna
    Monday, September 02, 2013 at 12:33:05 AM
  21. Im currently in year 11, i am so keen to study law, I am expected to get mostly A's and a*'s in my gcse's.
    Im just confused on what courses i should choose at a college or sixth form? My highschools 6th form is good, but i want to go further a field to get more experience, do you know any good 6th form or colleges in the UK that have good courses for students wanting to study law? My school arent that good with telling the students about their future prospects etc. and what the 6th form has to offer.

    Any college in the UK would be good, but is there anywhere specifically in Manchester that has good results/has the courses needed to go to law school, thanks olivia x

    Posted by Olivia
    Wednesday, September 04, 2013 at 7:37:35 PM
  22. what gcse should i take if i would like to be a solicitor in the future?

    Posted by libby
    Monday, September 09, 2013 at 6:46:38 PM
  23. Hi, Ant
    I'm currently studying English A and AS level lit/lang and I also study Business level 3. Once I have completed those two courses I was planing to do Law A level as well at my college. My aim is to become corporate lawyer. I was wondering if you have any suggestions of what other courses I should take?
    Thank you.

    Posted by Anthony Foster
    Wednesday, October 09, 2013 at 12:42:06 AM
  24. Hi, i am in year 11, I am currently studying for my gcse exams which are in june, also planning on doing 5 gcse's and applying for Uxbridge college soon, i was wondering if the university i want to go to (Brunel) will take a reference from uxbridge? i am planning on doing my a levels and also, what courses would i need to do in college?
    Thanks - Sheena

    Posted by sheena
    Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 3:32:08 PM
  25. Hi I am in year 11 and I am studying French, geography, textiles and sociology. I am looking at weather I go to sixth form or college, I know that my school I go too has a really good sixth form but I don't know if I would be better off going to college. Can I get Into university if I do a college course in law? Or should I stay at sixth form? if I stayed at sixth form I would probably chose any of the following subjects... Maths, geography, sociology, any of the sciences would they be suitable to get into university to study law ( I would love you do criminal law)? I'm not too keen on English but i think that may be a problem between me and my teacher, as I don't think she likes me that well but I'm predicted a B/A in the subject. Thankyou so much for this website it's helped me a lot :)

    Posted by Millie
    Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 10:32:25 PM
  26. Hi All,

    Sorry we have been away from our blog for a while. i will try and answer all your queries now.

    Millie: Those A levels sound pretty good. You will need to do well in them of course. The best thing for you to do is to speak to someone atyour school or at one of the universities you are thinking about applying to. The universities will always help and advise you.

    Sheena: brunel will take a reference from your college. If you read the article above, it will give you a good idea of what A Levels you should choose. If you need further explanation, call the university or universities you wish to apply for and ask them.

    Anthony: Law A Level is a funny A level when it comes to qualifgications to go on and study Law at university. Some universities value it, some do not. You should speak to the universities you want to apply for and ask them. As for which A levels you should think about, have a read of the article above. It is all explained there. And ask at your school for further guidance.

    Libby: There aren't really any specific GCSEs you need to do. Just the usual GCSEs that you will no doubt be sitting. Do well in those subjects and choose good A Levels after and you shuld be fine. Read the article above to find out more, and ask at your school or even ring a university. They will always make time to advise you.

    Olivia: tray Abbey College Manchester, one of our sister colleges. Here is a link: http://www.abbeymanchester.co.uk/

    Paige: You are doing a great set of varied GCSEs and this will set you up well for A Level. You don't have to take Maths as an A Level to do Law. A varied set of A Levels will stand you in good stead. Have a look at the options in the article above and if you are in any more doubt, call the universities you want to apply for in the future and ask them.

    Good luck everyone.

    Posted by DLD College London
    Friday, October 25, 2013 at 1:11:48 PM
  27. Hi is there anyone who is a barrister with stammer?

    Posted by Benie
    Saturday, November 02, 2013 at 10:43:03 AM
  28. Hello,
    I am taking GCSE Law, Sociology and Child development...
    I am mostly interested in law as I would love to become interested in becoming a lawyer or solicitor, which one would be best for the options I have choosen ? Lawyer or solicitor ?
    Also, where is the best place to go in brighton to go to uni to study law ? All I want to do is to become a lawyer or solicitor...
    Lastly, my gcse grades that I am expected to get in law is a B, who this be anyhelp for becoming someone in the law wworld?????

    Posted by sharna
    Thursday, November 07, 2013 at 9:12:42 PM
  29. thanks for the reply! i have another question, if i get C on my english gcse, and C for maths and history too, would it be enough to get into uxbridge or city of westminsiter college, to do alevels in english lang+lit and psychology and another subject if i had to? in order to get into brunel university to get a law degree and become a soliciter who does the family and relationship thing

    Posted by sheena
    Saturday, November 09, 2013 at 11:29:06 PM
  30. Hi Benie,

    Yes there are barristers out there who have a stammer. Have a read of this: http://www.stammering.org/atthecrossroads.html

    Good luck!

    Posted by DLD College London
    Monday, November 11, 2013 at 5:58:35 PM
  31. Hi Sheena,

    I don't know what is required from other colleges or schools. You will have to ask them.

    Good luck!

    Posted by DLD College London
    Monday, November 11, 2013 at 6:00:15 PM
  32. Hi Sharma,

    Your GCSEs are not super important in deceiding whether or not you can go and study Law. Obviously you have to do them and you have to do well, but subjects wise, as long as you have the usual GCSEs and decent grades you will be able to get into a sixth form, and then you will need to choose subjects that will help you get on a Law course at university. Have a read of the article for a guide to what sort of A Levels will be expected form you, and ask your teachers for any advice. You can also contact universities to ask them what they require.

    You will have to do your own research into where is the best place to go i Brighton to study Law. There are many factors you have to consider when chosing a university. You should look into it yourself. Also, you might like to think about looking at universities outside of brighton. One of them may suit you better. Keep your options open

    Lastly, it doesn't matter what you are predicted in your GCSEs. Study hard, you might do better than you think. Also, if you read the article above you will see that GCSE and A Level Law are not required subjects to study Law at university. You don't have to have a GCSE or A Level in Law to go, and in fact most Universities prefer you NOT to have studied any Law before you come to them. They like their students to have a more varied selection of A Levels.

    Good luck!

    Posted by DLD College London
    Monday, November 11, 2013 at 6:13:43 PM
  33. Hi,
    I have chosen my A-levels, history,Politics,English literature and language and law. Of what I read it seems that law isn't good to choose for A-level what do you recommend I should do.
    Thanks

    Posted by Zaid
    Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 6:59:44 PM
  34. Hi,
    I am deciding what options to take for my A-Levels as I am currently in year 11. I would like to take: Psychology, Government and politics, Sociology, although I don't know if it is worth while taking Critical thinking, Business studies, History, or philosophy, I have asked teachers about these subjects, I understand what they consist of although I wonder if English lit would be a better choice as I would like to continue on the path of Law to uni (possibly at Durham?) and as a job.
    Your help would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank-you.

    Posted by Kelly-Anne
    Monday, December 02, 2013 at 8:02:04 PM
  35. Hi Zaid,

    You should speak to the universities you are going to apply to and find out how much weight they assign to a Law A Level. There are many other options abvavailable to you should you chose not to do it, and they are all mentioned in the article above.

    Good luck!

    Posted by DLD College London
    Wednesday, December 04, 2013 at 4:25:25 PM
  36. Hi Kelly-Anne,

    Those are all good A Level choices. Apart from Critical Thinking. hardly any universities count Critical Thinking as an A Level and many do not even include it in any offers they send to you. So it is best that you do not chose that. the same goes for General Studies.

    The other subjects you mention would all stand you in good stead to go on and study Law at university. If you want to go to Durham you will have to study hard and do well, they require the highest of grades. Have a look at the section on Durham University in the article above.

    Good luck!


    Posted by DLD College London
    Wednesday, December 04, 2013 at 4:31:29 PM
  37. I am in year 11 and thinking about which A levels to take. I hope to study law at University. I am considering taking: Maths, Chemistry, Psychology and Business Studies. However, I am unsure whether I will not be a strong candidate when applying to University.

    Posted by Lisa Caton
    Thursday, December 05, 2013 at 10:53:17 AM
  38. Hi, I'm in year 9 and picking my options soon.
    I am very interested in the career of law or psychology, so to try and take this further and to get a career in it I have chosen these subjects to take at GCSE:
    Double English
    Math
    Triple science
    Electronics
    Re
    History
    French
    and then I am not sure whether to take Art or Sociology? Please could I have some guidance on if it matters and what I should think about taking at A level.
    Thankyou.

    Posted by Megan
    Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 9:03:46 PM
  39. Hi I currently study at a performing arts school, the BRIT school, but am really passionate about pursuing a career in law. I am in year 10 so have already picked my GCSE'S I am taking English Language and Literature, both higher papers, higher paper Mathematics, Sociology, French, Theatre BTEC double award, double science and computer science. I am predicted a-a* in all of those subjects apart from French which I am predicted a*-c I was just wondering if this is a set of GCSE's that will give me a chance to pursue a career in Law and if so what should I do after my GCSE's.
    Many Thanks,
    Samuel

    Posted by Samuel Clarke
    Monday, January 06, 2014 at 9:33:29 PM
  40. Hi Lisa,

    Your options sound good. You should be fine. But, you will have to study hard and make sure you get good grades. The best Law schools require the best grades.

    You should also discuss your choices and your ambitions with your teachers at school, and you could even try contacting some of the universities you are thinking of applying to. They will be delighted to help you.

    Good luck!

    Posted by DLD College London
    Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 10:18:05 AM
  41. Hi Megan,

    Your GCSE choices are very good. I hope you study hard for them and do well. With regard to your A Level choices, you should sit down with your parents and teachers and discuss what you want to do. As mentioned in the article, it is important to have a wide variety of A Level subjects under your belt, to do very well in them, and to also get some work experience to help you stand out from the crowd.

    Also, it will do you no harm to contact some of the universities you want to go to and ask them for some advice. They will be happy to help you and offer you guidance.

    Good luck!

    Posted by DLD College London
    Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 10:23:06 AM
  42. Hi Samuel,

    Your GCSE subjects are very good, and you predicted grades excellent. Make sur eyou study hard and make those grades! When it comes to chosing your A Levels, speak to your parents and teachers and discuss with them what you think is best. Chose a varied selection, Law Schools like their students to have a rounded education. If you need to, contact some of the universities you want to apply to, they will offer you some guidance.

    If you are passionate about studying Law you should also look into trying to get some work experience as well. It will help you stand out from the crowd when applying for university.

    Good luck!

    Posted by DLD College London
    Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 10:38:24 AM
  43. Hello ,
    I'd like to know if Government , Politics , English Language , Literature , History and maths are great A levels to take? If I want to study law in University.

    Posted by Marcia
    Friday, January 17, 2014 at 5:13:07 PM
  44. Hello,

    I am currently in Year 11 (doing GCSEs) and I would really like to become a practising barrister after university. I recently got my GCSE Maths result (November entry) and I got a grade B (12 marks off A). I was looking to do a Law (LLB) at either UCL, Nottingham, Queen's (Belfast) or Exeter.
    My question: would it be advisable to 'resit' my Maths GCSE to get an A? Would either of said universities consider a candidate with a B-grade Maths GCSE? I'm predicted A*-B in other subjects (English Lit+Lang: A/B, History: A*/A, RS: B, Applied Business: A*, Biology: A/B, Chemistry: A, Physics: A/A*, French: B/A). My maths teacher thinks I'm capable of an A, but I don't want to be 'resitting' my Maths GCSE to get a higher grade when I am fine with the grade I've got.

    Thanks in advance,
    Matthew.

    Posted by Matthew
    Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:24:02 PM
  45. hello,
    I'm coming into picking my options within this upcoming month. As youi know you don't have an unlimited amount of GCSE you can take, unfortuantly. So do you think a second language (eg french) is essential, good to have or not needed at all? Thanks x

    Posted by Bethen
    Friday, January 24, 2014 at 5:25:12 PM
  46. Hello,
    At the moment i am studying for my year 11 GCSE exams and i am exspected B's in all my subjects. My goal is to become a practising barrister. First of all i am going to a good college, then univercity, but i dont know my plan for after this and what it involves. I am a great speaker and i love to research and write about differnet subjects. The thing that i am afraid about is that the image in my head about sending down criminals who have murdered people has been corrupted by television shows such as law and order and criminal minds. Please can someone help me to decide on a career were i can get stuck into the job, become a respected person in whatever i decide to do. Also if i wanted to move to America and start my career there after my education is complete, would i be able to get a job as a barrister or in the FBI BAU straight away as i am British, would i need to become an american citizen. My goal is to have an active job doing somehting to do with law and now wasting all my life studying for an office job, please tell me your views on what i should do.
    Thankyou
    Millie

    Posted by millie
    Thursday, February 06, 2014 at 12:10:37 PM
  47. Hi. Thanks for the great website on Law. It has been very useful for me as I am quite interested in going on to study it in University and becoming a criminal lawyer. I just have a few questions. At the moment I am in Year 9 and we are making our GCSE choices. I realize that History is always a very popular subject for a law degree and it seems like Universities really like it if you have studied History at some point. I was just wondering what I should choose for my final options. At the moment I am certain I want to do Spanish, Geography, and Drama. However, I am unsure of what I should choose for my 4th option. I would like to do a second social science but I'm not sure whether to do Economics or History. I am interested in History and I know it is very good for law, but I am worried that I would find it a bit more challenging as I have heard there is a lot more essay writing, more than Economics. I have not learnt Economics before but I would like to pick it up at some point in my education as my father is an Economist and the subject interests me, and the best time to pick it up seems to be now. I've heard there is a bit less extensive essay writing involved in Economics so that sounds quite preferable. Could you please advise me whether History or Economics would be a better choice for GCSE and if it is possible to not do History at A level and still be able to get into a good University to study law, maybe with an a level in Economics or something else?

    Posted by Euan
    Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 10:30:56 AM
  48. Hi,
    Thanks for the article, it was extremely helpful and detailed. I am considering studying law as a degree ( or English Lit) , as i am entering year 12 next year i am selecting my alevels. I have chosen R.S, Maths, French and English Lit, i was wondering how these subjects are considered, especially R.S, which everyone seems to have a divided opinion on. Any help would be great. Thanks.

    Posted by Sophie
    Thursday, March 06, 2014 at 8:18:59 PM
  49. Hi, I am currently doing my GCSEs and I know for a fact that I really want to be a lawyer , for my A level options so far I have decided to choose History, English Lit, Politics and maybe Art I am not sure if theses subjects are compatible to study Law at Harvard and would like to know the grade requirements to get there. Also will my GCSEs be taken into account or not? Any help will be much appreciated Thanks :)

    Posted by Syeda Ali
    Thursday, March 06, 2014 at 8:30:25 PM
  50. hi,i am very keen in becoming a lawer but i am in australia i was wondering if i could get any work or help before hand stying as im only in year 9 i am in top set english top set science bottom set maths and bottom set history i am very enthustastic and willing to put the work and effort into my work can you help me !!!!!!!
    sadie

    Posted by sadie burns
    Monday, March 10, 2014 at 2:16:00 AM
  51. Hi, i would like to know what books to read to help me become a lawyer, i'm in year 10 current;y taking my GCSES. i picked Sociology,History&Health&SocialCare.
    For my a-levels i shall be picking : English lit,Law,History&Psychology.
    But i would like to know what books i can read to help me or something.
    Caitlin.
    ta

    Posted by Caitlin
    Monday, March 10, 2014 at 9:27:41 PM
  52. Hi Marcia,

    Any combination of Government , Politics , English Language , English Literature , History or Maths willhold you in good stead to go on and study Law at university. You will have to study hard, and get good grades though.

    Good luck!

    Posted by DLD College London
    Tuesday, April 01, 2014 at 11:42:57 AM
  53. HI Matthew,

    The answer is it is up to you, and that you should contact any of the universities you want to apply for and ask them. Some universities take more notice of GCSE results than others.

    Thanks. Good luck!

    Posted by DLD College London
    Tuesday, April 01, 2014 at 11:44:48 AM
  54. Hi Bethan,

    A second language is not essential, no. But if you study a second language at either GCSE or A Level it will give you the opportunity to study or work abroad, which is always a great experience.

    Good luck!

    Posted by DLD College London
    Tuesday, April 01, 2014 at 11:46:11 AM
  55. Hi Millie,

    I hope you are well. Wow, you sound like a very focussed and responsible person.

    Firstly, do not be put off by television shows. They are works of fiction and they dramatise and glamourise many occupations. Being a solicitor or a barrister is very different to how it is on television.

    Take these questions and either speak to a teacher at your school, or a careers advisor. You should also speak to your parents about your fears and concerns. I cannot advise you on this, it would not be right.

    Another good thing to do, might be to get some work experience in a legal practise. You will see what day to day life is like in the legal profession and you can speak to lawyers there. And you could always contact any of the universities you are thinking of applying to, they will be happy to offer some advise.

    Good luck!

    Posted by DLD College London
    Tuesday, April 01, 2014 at 11:50:55 AM
  56. Hi Euan,

    History is a very good subject for Law. A word of advise though, a law course is VERY challenging. It is one of the hardest subjects to do at university and is one of the toughest professions out there. lawyers work very hard. One of the reasons why universities like subjects like history is because they are challenging, because they involve a lot of essay writing, and because they help you develop arguments. All things that are very important when it come to studying and practising Law.

    Good luck!

    Posted by DLD College London
    Tuesday, April 01, 2014 at 11:54:16 AM
  57. Hi Sophie,

    It is true that some universities do not consider RS to be a subject of as much value as some other essay based A Levels like History. But some do. You should do some research into the universities you want to go to and find out what they say. All of them are pretty clear on what they regard as good A Levels.

    Good luck!

    Posted by DLD College London
    Tuesday, April 01, 2014 at 11:57:30 AM
  58. Hi Syeda Ali,

    First of all, good luck. You sound very focussed and like you know exactly what you want to do.

    Secondly, they sound like very sound A Level choices. Art might be a bit of a controversial A Level choice though. You will need to find out.

    The best thing for you to do is to get in contact with Harvard University and ask them what they think. You could ask them what grades they require and what sort of subjects they recommend. They are a US based university and they entrance requirements will be much different than ours in the UK. They may also have some other tests they require you to take. Send them an email and ask them, they will help you.

    Good luck!

    Posted by DLD College London
    Tuesday, April 01, 2014 at 12:00:20 PM
  59. Thank you so much your advice really helped !!! :) Ill try and contact Harvard as soon as possible .

    Posted by Syeda Ali
    Sunday, April 06, 2014 at 11:50:47 AM
  60. Hi , for my A Levels I am planning to study; English (I am not sure if i should do lit or language? does it matter?) History, Biology and Philosophy and Ethics (I am not sure does this subject count ?) I really want to do a law degree in the future and was wondering whether my choice of subjects are okay to get into a good university if I was to get good grades in them .. Thanks for any help :)

    Posted by Maaah-Noor
    Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 8:51:33 PM
  61. hi...i am looking forward to being a lawyer .please advise me what subject i should pick ,because i am in grade 9 and i am given a chance tor pick any six subjects ....
    what should i pick

    Posted by brian l
    Monday, May 26, 2014 at 11:16:14 AM
  62. Hi I'm in yr 9 and I want to become a lawyer and these are the subjects I chose english, maths, religious education, science, welsh, French, history and Physical education
    I'm stuck between catering and ict please advise me on which one would be more valuable for becoming a lawyer and are the subject I chose useful for becoming a lawyer? thank you.

    Posted by Khadijah
    Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 2:48:16 PM
  63. Hi Brian, Hi Khadijah,

    There are no hard and fast subjects that you should choose at GCSE level if you want to go on and study Law at Univeristy. Universities are more concerned with your A Level rsults. The best advice we can give you if you want to study Law in the future is to pick subjects that you will enjoy, and that will prepare you for A Levels. While many Universities like their students to have a combination or two or more A Grades in more "traditional" subjects like English, Geography or History - good, old-fashioned, analytical subjects - and one or two "newer" subjects like Polictics or Business Studies, and even sciences like Psychology or Sociology, show you off as having more versatility. You might be asked for higher grades though, it is all dependent on the university in question, and what they offer you.

    Good luck with your GCSEs.

    Posted by DLD College London
    Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 3:39:16 PM
  64. Hi Maaah-Noor ,

    Those sound like some very good A level subjects, they are very varied. History is a very good subject for Law., as is Philosphy and Ethics. As for Biology - you will have to contact the universities you wish to apply to in order to get a firm answer on what they think of that subject. Some universities like their law students to have a wide range of interests, so Biology might be acceptable. Some universities might prefer you to have a more traditional subject base. Call around and find out. Universities are more than happy to offer any advice.

    If you have your heart set on Biology, then you could also do a fourth A Level. Law is a very popular subject and a lot of students who apply to university have four and sometime five A Level subjects under their belt.

    Good luck!

    Posted by DLD College London
    Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 3:44:29 PM
  65. Hi, I am going to start college and i have picked politics, history, English literature and law. However i'm not sure whether to do English language, English literature, or a combined course of English literature and language.
    Thanks

    Posted by Rubi
    Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 8:34:36 PM
  66. Hey, I'm just finishing year 10 and am having serious doubts about my subjects. I took History, Triple Science,German and Music for GCSE alongside the typical Maths and English subjects and have been getting A' s and A*s in all subjects but I feel now that I should have take. business studies instead of music now that I am thinking about law. Will this affect my chances of Oxbridge and is it worth doing B-Studies GCSE with my A levels next year? Thankyou for any help, Jimmy.

    Posted by Jimmy
    Monday, July 21, 2014 at 1:53:56 AM
  67. Hi Jimmy,

    You will be fine. Law Universities don't just want robots. Your varied subjects will be a plus. Also, while they will expect you to do well in your GCSEs, it is your A levels which will hold the most importance.

    Don't worry and good luck!

    Posted by DLD College London
    Friday, August 01, 2014 at 11:08:56 AM
  68. Hi Rubi,

    Any of those English subjects or subject combinations will be fine. However English Literature is the best suited to Law as it is an analytical, essay based subject.

    Good luck!

    Posted by DLD College London
    Friday, August 01, 2014 at 11:11:52 AM
  69. hey my name is Becca i am 13 years old and i have very bad dyslexia and i was wondering haw much this wold afact being a layawr. i have tried my best to spell everything in this right and to me this all sounds right and i have used spell check. my GCES are coming up and i think i am going to do PE,ART,FOOD TECH i don't know if they are good anuf but i have herd gces don't matter that much. i haven't got to my a levels yet but when my time comes i will be back to post a statement .

    Posted by Becca
    Saturday, August 02, 2014 at 7:07:19 PM
  70. hi,
    I really do like the type of work lawyers do and i dont mind working hard either. however, i found out that solicitors (specially trainees) have to expect long, unpredictable hours which would be a problem for my normal life. i was wondering if unpredictable overtime work happens very often throughout a solicitor's professional life and if its only for trainee solicitors.
    thanks in advance

    Posted by ali
    Thursday, August 07, 2014 at 3:07:24 PM
  71. Hi, I want to study law at university but at the minute I am picking my alevels I think I'm taking: history, English literature, biology and classical civillisation. Would these be suitable subjects to take? Thank you

    Posted by Yasmin
    Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 8:00:21 AM
  72. Today I picked English literature , psychology and economics for a level, are they good subjects to do a law degree in the future?

    Posted by Daniela
    Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 7:14:26 PM
  73. im very sceptical about me getting in to law purely based on the fact that i have failed my maths gcses and have to retake it,due to this i can only take 3 a levels which are psychology,english lit and spanish as opposed to 4,surely these are factors that will go against my chances of getting into law?

    Posted by jo
    Monday, September 01, 2014 at 9:40:46 PM
  74. Hi, I am just about to start studying for my A levels having achieved 10 A*s and 2 As (one of which was in additional mathematics) and am going on to study English lit, History, Music and Biology however I wish to become a corporate lawyer in the future and wondered if I might be better advised to take maths rather than biology simply to be prepared for the numbers it may involve? I was also planning on study History at unit and then doing a law conversion course but am very serious about a career in law and wanted advice on whether or not it would be better to study law from the off? Thanks very much

    Posted by Jesse
    Sunday, September 07, 2014 at 3:26:54 PM
  75. Hi, I've just started college and I am doing 4 A Levels -
    - History
    - English literature & language
    - Law
    -Business

    I'm wanting to become a barrister and I'm thinking of swapping business for psychology, please let me know what I should do and what you think of my choices?

    Posted by Keelan
    Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 7:33:25 PM
  76. I have one question to ask....After completing A-levels and degree in law...can I choose to become a lecturer for students In A-levels?...Or do I need a master degree in order to be a law lecturer...

    Posted by Ayshwani Farooq
    Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 7:07:04 AM
  77. Hi- I'm currently in Y11 and will be sitting GCSEs in English Lang&Lit, Maths, History, Geography, French, Latin and IGCSE co-ordinated sciences next June. I'm intending to leave my school to go to a sixth form college for my A Levels and was wondering what you think of my AS choices? I'm definitely going to do History, Chemistry and French, but am also considering either Economics/Maths/Latin for my fourth at AS. I know this is quite eclectic but I thought that the more academic breadth I show the better? I would love in the future to study Law at a Russell Group or Oxbridge university before pursuing a legal career. I would value and very much appreciate your thoughts and advice on my choices as I have to send off the application forms for college soon! Thank you so much in advance.

    Posted by Esme
    Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 10:11:23 AM
  78. Hello!
    I am currently in year 12 studying geography,history, English literature and drama I hope to study history in either manchester,Durham or Oxford university then go on to a career in law.
    What grades will I need and how will I get to a career in law post history

    Posted by Jess
    Wednesday, October 08, 2014 at 6:43:33 PM
  79. hi i am Jake
    i was really passionate about doing law the a levels i will be taking soon will consist of maybe English, history, drama, and also business studies i am moderate at English as i get c's but i am not quite sure if i will get a b for English for i can do it for a levels can i still study law and become and lawyer. and also can i do law for a level to give me a head start into learning law.

    Posted by Jake Bowen
    Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 6:10:47 PM
  80. Hi,
    I'm currently in year 10 and have been interested in becoming a Lawyer for a while, but only recently looking up the needed qualifications. I'm quite worried about my GCSE options, having chosen Geography, French, Food Technology and Music. There were a few complications with choosing the subjects as I joined the school late and was home educated for the duration of year 8, however I am still achieving high grades in Maths, English and Science. As GCSE's are approaching, I'm looking into colleges to apply to. Please could you recommend some colleges that I could look into, and courses to consider. Thank you in advance!

    Posted by Louise
    Monday, October 27, 2014 at 8:03:06 PM
  81. Hi, I am currently in year 12 and have chosen to do English Lit, Geography, Chemistry and ICT applied at A-Level. I just want to make sure I have chosen the correct subjects if I wish to study law at uni and possibly become a solicitor. Thank you.

    Posted by Natasha
    Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 3:38:12 PM
  82. Hi,
    I have already achieved 10A*s and 3As at GCSE and would like to apply for law at a top uni, but I'm worried the A-levels I've chosen to do would hinder my chances of getting an offer, as they aren't exactly 'essay subjects' that many unis favour:
    - Maths
    -Chemistry
    -Geography
    -Economics
    What would you advise? Can I do some extra reading to make up for this?
    Thanks!!

    Posted by Hector
    Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 5:50:15 PM
  83. Hi,
    I am currently studies my GCSEs and I making chooses for A Level. I was wondering whether the subjects I wish to study will jeopardise my chance of getting onto a law degree. I haven't made any decisions yet so any advise on any other subjects I should consider would be appreciated. I wish to study:
    English Literature
    Philosophy and Ethics
    Sociology
    Psychology
    Thank you.

    Posted by Robert
    Wednesday, November 05, 2014 at 6:23:45 PM
  84. I WANT TO BECOME A LAWYER

    Posted by BAKARE OLAREWAJU AFEEZ
    Friday, November 07, 2014 at 1:32:36 PM
  85. Hi, i am currently in year 11 and i am thinking about what subjects i would like to choose for A level. I would love to study Law at university. At A level we are allowed to choose four subjects only. My choice is Maths, History, Spanish, Economics and i have also recently found interest in Philosophy and Ethics... Are these subjects good enough? Could i swap philosophy for something else or shall i keep with my original four?
    I would be extremely grateful for any advice
    Thank you

    Posted by pmib25
    Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 12:32:06 PM
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